Digital design and fabrication constitute a truly disruptive innovation, transforming design and manufacturing processes as a 21st century equivalent of the steam engine in the 18th century and of the innovation of perspective in the Renaissance. It is fast becoming a preferred tool in many fields.

Cooper Union’s courses and Certificate in Digital Fabrication offer artists, engineers, architects, designers, and makers of every type the chance to add skills in digital interfaces and two- and three-dimensional fabrication, a growing requirement in today’s competitive professional and creative environment. Participants gain hands-on experience with 3-D printers, CNC milling machines and laser and plasma cutters. Participants may take individual courses or earn a Certificate in Digital Fabrication by taking five courses including the three first level courses and two advanced level courses. Participants who can demonstrate mastery of the material in one or more of the basic courses may be excused in favor of additional advanced level courses.

Animation and Rendering

Animation and Rendering class nyc

In this 8-week course, students will learn to create animation using a variety of 3D modeling software applications. Students will learn various techniques to animate their designs, as well as several post-production skills.

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CNC Milling with Mastercam X9

CNC Milling with Mastercam X9 class nyc

This course introduces participants to one of the most powerful elements of the digital fabrication revolution: CNC milling with state-of-the artmachinery and software. Participants are introduced to Mastercam, asuite of powerful CAD-based tools designed for NC programming.

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Introduction to Digital Fabrication
introduction to Digital Fabrication class nyc

This course is designed for designers and makers of all types: architects, engineers, designers, artists and hobbyists. The focus will be drawing, modelling and building three dimensional digital and physical forms.

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The Certificate Director, Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, is widely known for integrating theory and experimental practice. A recognized scholar and professor in the fields of art, architecture, computation and theory, Lorenzo-Eiroa worked on several ground breaking publications, including Life in:formation, which he co-edited for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture 2010 conference at The Cooper Union and Architecture In Formation (Routledge 2013).

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.